Oceanside, California, police officers are on a mission to help pay for people’s gas after prices at the pump show no sign of going down anytime soon.
Oceanside Police Department officers recently spent a day handing out $50 for gas money to drivers in the first of potentially many giveaway operations.
For drivers these days, gas can cost hundreds of dollars a week, so anything helps.
“I have to pay for this pump and this truck, and I get like eight miles a gallon, so I’m paying like $300 a week,” driver Dylan Garcia explained.
“It’s hurt a lot, you know. It’s taking away from everything else,” driver Steven Zufall told Fox 5. “It’s hard to go to eat now. It’s hard to afford everything and just getting around.”
Oceanside officers distributed out a total of $1,500 throughout the day to random drivers looking to fill up their tanks. The agency recently received a $20,000 grant from Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc. for this charitable purpose.
After the event, the OPD posted photos of officers with the smiling recipients of the giveaways on Facebook.
“We are giving random acts of kindness this month at local gas stations to help drivers with the pain of rising fuel costs,” the post’s caption read.
“This effort is made possible by a donation from the Fortin family that will provide OPD the opportunity to grant random acts of kindness in Oceanside all year long!”
“Proud to see the police department in the city I grew up in doing good things for the community. Great job, OPD!” a user commented.
Police officers said they were happy to make others happy.
“It’s a cool experience to get out in the community and make people smile and serve in a different way,” Oceanside police officer Andy Gularte said.
The department plans to distribute the grant money throughout the year at a rate of once a month.
“This is going to help in so many ways. I’m very thankful,” Esther Mendez said.
Gas prices in Oceanside are currently around $5.60 per gallon.